Monday, May 30, 2011

Day Two- Every other Year

Today on our schedule is the Venice Biennale. It is a large art exhibition that takes place every two years. Biennale is Italian for “Every Other Year”. The Biennale is hosted on the grounds of the giardini, a large park created by Napoleon Bonaparte. The gardens are home to some 30 pavilions that are filled with art from different countries, each country has its own Pavilion and each Biennale only one winner is selected. The very first American to ever win the Venice Biennale was Robert Rauschenberg in 1964. We left the hotel around 10 and hopped on a vaporetto that would take us to the gardens. The vaporetto is Venice’s equivalent to a city bus. Today is the first day of the preview, which is open to the special people like me with gold cards. There is less of a crowd during the preview, however today it is still very crowded. The Biennale operates much like an amusement park, the best rides have the longest lines. The whole exhibition is very big so today we only visited about half the Pavilions. We saw the Swiss, Canadian, Denmark, Swedish, German, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and American Pavilions. My favorite was the Swedish, and Japanese Pavilions, and my least favorite were the Swiss and Russian. The American Pavilion was attracting a large amount of people because it featured and upside down tank whose treads were spinning, being powered by a runner on a treadmill. It was a very interesting and fun filled day.

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